Imagine not being able to open your mouth and all the things you wouldn't be able to comfortably do from eating to drinking to talking. Though dogs don't need to do much talking, they certainly do need to be able to eat and drink (and bark sometimes, too). So when a 12 year old pug came in last week unable to open her mouth, a quick solution was necessary to get her back to her old self.
Backing up for a minute, last week, this pooch came into the PAPC with a mouth that (as you might have guessed) she couldn't open. Dr. S. checked for tenderness around the pooch's mouth which revealed a whole lot of nothing. It didn't seem the pug was in any sort of pain, just that, well, she really couldn't open her mouth.
On a hunch, Dr. S. thought it might be a condition called masticatory myositis however, this is most often seen in younger German Sheperds—not Pugs. Nonetheless, the Doc performed a test for this condition and lo and behold, he was right—the test came back positive.
A dose of immunosuppressive cortisone later, the inflammation subsided and the dog can go back to his old masticating, imbibing, barking self. All is right in his world again.
Til' next time,